On Might sixth, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their son Archie safely into the world.
Have been you as excited as I used to be?? I used to be satisfied it was a boy (no proof or scientific technique concerned) and I’m glad to see that it was!
And since all of it occurred at Windsor Citadel (on the couple’s new residence there), this looks like the right excuse to share photographs from our household journey there in December.
My mom, sister, and I has all the time needed to see Windsor Fort however once we came upon Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony gown can be on show at an exhibition** on their wedding ceremony, we HAD to see it.
**NOTE: The exhibition sadly completed in February. I used to be fortunate sufficient to see Kate Middleton’s wedding ceremony gown at Buckingham Palace in August 2011 and may testify that when you ever have a chance to see a royal wedding ceremony exhibition, they’re all the time well worth the journey!
So we hopped on a practice out to Windsor, wanting to see Meghan’s gown and St. George’s Chapel the place they’d married, shopping for the fallacious practice ticket within the course of… #vacationers.
As soon as we made it to Windsor issues have been quite simple.
The city of Windsor itself is sort of small, particularly in the event you’re coming in from the hustle and bustle of London.
And is dwarfed by the huge fort which was initially constructed within the 11th century making it the oldest inhabited citadel IN. THE. WORLD.
The stroll to the citadel from the practice station is brief however utterly uphill so be ready!
Fortunately there are many pretty spots to see as you hike up.
And, as you get nearer, you can begin seeing all of the totally different buildings that make up Windsor Fort itself.
Regardless of visiting in December, the climate couldn’t have been extra good for our go to: loads of solar and heat to fight the coolness.
And the sunshine was magical.
It was so lovely strolling up the hillside, watching the sunshine dance on these medieval stones.
And I’m all the time so grateful for any alternatives I’ve to journey with these two!
As we walked we handed by many pretty little outlets and pubs (one among which we visited later!).
The structure of Windsor is an older, English fashion and completely pretty to shoot.
Particularly when the sunshine makes the buildings SING.
We ultimately made it up the hillside to the doorway, being greeted first by this statue of Queen Victoria who referred to as Windsor residence for a lot of her life.
And the imposing facade of Windsor Fort.
Which — regardless of many individuals telling me this — nonetheless shocked me with how giant it was. You’ll be able to clearly see which additions to the fort are newer vs. older and it’s fascinating to see the change in architectural types as you stroll previous.
I extremely advocate buying tickets for Windsor Citadel prematurely, particularly should you’re going for a specific exhibit. We have been capable of stroll as much as the counter and seize out tickets immediately with out ready within the large queue, saving us numerous time!
Which we naturally used up capturing across the grounds.
(Can we speak concerning the mild at Windsor Fort that morning once more? As a result of all over the place I turned was a postcard good photograph ready to be shot.)
We entered via the primary archway…
And walked across the Spherical Tower of the decrease ward in the direction of the exhibit.
Catching our first glimpses of St. George’s Chapel (the place Meghan and Harry married virtually one yr in the past precisely).
And snapping loads of photographs for good measure.
As soon as contained in the fort you aren’t permitted to take pictures.
Naturally I perceive this and but am annoyed by it on the similar time.
On one hand, I’m continually annoyed with how individuals take photographs once they journey — individuals are so thoughtless! And I say that as somebody who is consistently staging and planning photoshoots once I journey. When Hubby and I have been on a helicopter tour in Alaska, the person subsequent to me actually BLOCKED my complete view taking photographs on his iPad. I couldn’t consider he used an iPad as a digital camera to start with however our pilot advised us that occurred a number of occasions each week. And don’t get me began on selfie sticks. Or the bloggers who convey a ballgown to shoot “on location” in a palace. Or those that maintain up an entire line of individuals for “the shot”. Belief me — I don’t blame anybody for preserving sure locations “photograph free” if solely so everybody is certain to take pleasure in themselves.
However the worst offenders have ruined the alternatives for everybody! As a result of the within of Windsor Citadel is MAGICAL.
And, as knowledgeable photographer, NOT capturing that area nearly killed me. There’s one ceiling particularly that I so badly needed to put on the ground to shoot.
So, once more, it’s in all probability greatest they don’t permit pictures, seeing as I’ve simply admitted I might lay on the bottom simply to shoot a ceiling. However the shot would’ve been value it! And undoubtedly considered one of my favorites in my portfolio.
Simply notice that you simply can’t take pictures inside so make sure you go on a day with good climate if you wish to shoot the fort itself!
Now, again to our go to…
The exhibit itself was good, albeit sparse. Having seeing Kate Middleton’s wedding ceremony gown exhibit at Buckingham Palace in 2011, I anticipated this exhibit to imitate that one. However this exhibit was much more humble and low-key, identical to Meghan and Harry themselves, so a minimum of it felt applicable.
However the grounds themselves are completely beautiful.
And are well worth the journey, even for those who simply plan on strolling round.
Or taking a selfie on the Spherical Tower!
Because the Queen visits Windsor so typically, you’ll be able to all the time inform if she’s in residence by the flag flown above. If it’s the union jack, then she’s not in residence, if it’s the royal normal, then she is!
After the exhibit we continued to wander the grounds,
Which have been extremely photogenic, even in the midst of winter!
And made our approach right down to St. George’s Chapel, the place Harry and Meghan married final Might.
The element work on the chapel itself was distinctive, particularly in that magical morning mild.
You can’t take pictures inside (shock, shock) however you CAN shoot outdoors to your coronary heart’s content material.
So we did!
I’m a sucker for older, gothic facades like this one and ran by means of half of my sd card capturing the chapel in only one hour.
Are you able to blame me?
The lighting… the structure… the corporate… it was all good.
Nevertheless it was onerous to get photographs of St. George’s Chapel with out swarms of crowds round, even very first thing within the morning.
I would definitely advocate doing what we did and arriving as early as attainable. By mid-morning the grounds have been PACKED. On a Wednesday in December.
So plan accordingly!
SHOP THE LOOK:
Coat – Classic by way of Etsy (comparable) || Sweater – French Connection || Denims – c/o AG Denims || Boots – Hush Puppies || Scarf – Previous
Pictures courtesy of my sister Emily
Definitely save a while to stroll round contained in the chapel. The stained glass home windows are unimaginable from the within, as are all the graves and well-known artifacts inside.
Naturally after seeing the within, we needed to cease on the well-known entrance to see the steps.
All I might do was consider Harry and Meghan’s wedding ceremony day and the way lovely this facade was then.
(My Meghan Markle second pretending to ascend the steps to marry Prince Harry, all whereas conveniently hiding the “don’t climb” sign up entrance… sometime, they’ll let me climb them. I’m satisfied!)
However no matter the truth that I used to be not climbing these steps in a bespoke wedding ceremony gown to marry a prince, the magic was not misplaced. The entrance of this chapel is actually breath-taking.
AND ceaselessly ignored by different vacationers so it’s one of many solely spots on the grounds you’ll be able to should your self.
Afterwards we continued to wander by way of the fort property.
Previous all of the medieval stones.
And thru one of many aspect gates.
And out for…
My sister and I had achieved our analysis on the place to eat in Windsor and had agreed on the Duchess of Cambridge Pub partly due to the identify and partly due to the good critiques.
Not solely is that this spot simply throughout the road from Windsor Fort (handy!) nevertheless it’s completely cute inside too.
And the meals is completely well worth the journey!
Most pubs in London are run by the identical corporations, so the menus are virtually all the time THE SAME.
Scrumptious to make certain. However the identical. actual. dishes. EVERYWHERE.
The Duchess of Cambridge Pub menu was distinctive, providing fairly a number of dishes you’ll be able to’t sometimes discover in London pubs.
Beginning with mulled wine…
and halloumi fries with spicy sauce.
For our meals, my Mom opted for a scrumptious steak and ale pie,
Whereas my sister opted for the normal fish and chips with cider.
Each of which have been scrumptious however I used to be biased in the direction of my fish pie which was creamy and filling — so good for a cold, December day!
And never one thing you’ll discover on plenty of pub menus, regardless of fish pie’s reputation within the U.Okay.
We completed off our meal with one other novelty: our first treacle tart!
None of us had ever tried this conventional British dessert however now we’re smitten. Simply be ready for the quantity of sweetness on this dessert — it’s a sugar bomb!
However in that delectable, sinful sort-of approach!
Our journey to Windsor Fort is one I’ll cherish for years. And attending to see Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony gown in individual was simply the icing on the [wedding] cake.
The subsequent time you’re in London and in search of a stunning day journey, I extremely advocate visiting Windsor Fort and stopping on the Duchess of Cambridge Pub for a snack after! It’s good to go away the crowds of London behind and spend someday within the Queen’s favourite residence.